On a very special episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our host Kevin Sommerfield will be chatting with filmmaker Patrick Pena about his brand new film: Maniac Mutant Massacre. Maniac Mutant Massacre is an insanely fun splatterfest in the vein of Dead Alive and Evil Dead, it’s colorful, energetic and hilarious! Listen in live Wednesday night at 10PM central and make sure to call in with any questions you may have!
The film starts out with video footage of teenager Laura Barnes (Heather Sossaman) committing suicide. Following this, it shows a YouTube video of Laura hard core drunk at a party and an unknown person is filming it. Cut to a Skype session between Blair (Shelley Hennig) and her boyfriend Mitch (Moses Jacob Storm). Some flirtation occurs before their friends Jess (Renee Olstead), Adam (Will Peltz), Ken (Jacob Wysocki), and Val (Courtney Halverson) pop into the chat. It starts out innocently, the friends goof around with each other and crack jokes. The fun is suddenly cut when an unknown person logs into the chat with them, as well as sending messages. The friends discover that Laura is the unknown chatter. As the session progresses, the friends find themselves trapped in a deadly game where their secrets are revealed, friendships are tested, and lives are in danger.
When the trailer for the film was released, it definitely caught my attention. It looked like a fun teen horror film. As time progressed, I learned the film was rated R, which heightened my excitement level. But then, reviews rolled in and they were extremely positive. Not that I listen to critic reviews in the first place, but it was still pleasantly surprising to see a horror movie receive good reviews that wasn’t supernatural or indie. However, upon seeing the film, I found myself massively disappointed and furious. The concept I admit was very engaging, bringing terror into the cyber world is relatively new for the horror/found footage genre. Despite this, it essentially did NOTHING with the story, or at least nothing worthwhile. To start of with, the terror is very weak. Not once did I feel remotely close to scared or creeped out. Any jump scares there were, were not effective at all, with what little jump scares they had. The whole time during the terror it is nothing but the friends crying, shouting, or yelling at each other or their unknown assailant. None of the situations the characters were in besides the kills weren’t scary.
This leads to the characters themselves. Not ONE of these characters were likable. You literally wanted ALL of them die. They were annoying, stupid, and horrible people. During the “terror” scenes, the reactions of the characters were unbearable that you just wanted someone to die so they’d shut up. Along with this, is the horrible acting by the characters. You can tell the actors were trying way to hard to be scared and vulnerable. If the characters or at least some of them had been remotely likable, it might have been more tolerable and more chilling. The film also features many moments where it tried to be funny, but it absolutely ruined the flow of the film, the characters’ stupidity added to this. However, I will give it credit to say that there were moments during the game of “Never Have I Ever” that were engaging, but failed to completely capture because they could have amped it up. Another plus I will give it are the great kills. We only get just some glimpses of them, but it’s effecting enough. On another note, I fail to see how this movie garnered an R rating, the kills, while bloody, could easily have been PG-13, and the use of the f-bomb I barely even noticed.
Overall, Unfriended is one movie to completely avoid. But if you must see it for some reason, wait until Redbox. The film is horribly written in every respect, and terribly acted. While it had great kills, it’s not enough to make up for this mess of a film. Check out the movie The Den for a similar story, but MUCH better as a horror film.
Unfriended is the perfect horror film when it comes to accurately depicting the apathy of the social media obsessed youth culture. While I was not a fan of the last 5 seconds, I was tense during this entire film. I loved seeing these characters turn on each other. This was the first horror film that I’ve seen to really dig into the subject of bullying (something that 2013’s Carrie remake merely hinted at) and the effects of the social media crowd’s peer pressure survival instincts. I found the specifics of the internet (such as typing and then deleting to rephrase your thoughts better) and social media were done perfectly. This will NOT be a film for everyone and I can totally see someone hating it. Nonetheless, it worked well for me and I can’t wait to see it again.
— Kevin Sommerfield
On a brand new episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerifeld and Andrew Beirl discussed the first three films in the Hellraiser series, reviewed The Babadook and chatted about the Cabin in the Woods lawsuit. It’s going to be a podcast to rip your soul apart. Listen to an archive through the link below.
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Three years ago today we had our first ever theatrical screening of a Slasher Studios film with our slasher short Teddy at #Chicago Fear Fest. It went on to win Audience Favorite at the fest and it’s been a wild ride ever since. We have since released two additional short films and a feature film (Don’t Go to the Reunion) that went on to win several film fest awards. Now we have our latest slasher feature, Dismembering Christmas, slashing up film fests this fall. Thanks for all the amazing memories and here’s to many more to come!
So on Saturday I’ve watched Horns (2014) for the first time. This was my latest Blu-ray Disc screener I received from my job to review. This movie was released in theaters where I live this past November. I was interested in seeing it mainly because I like the cast and the poster looked like fun, but I ended up missing it on the big screen. Well I have watched Horns and I gotta say it genuinely took me by surprise. Its especially good that I went in watching this as fresh as possible, without even having watched a trailer or having read the synopsis.
Horns is a very unique and original fantasy thriller. The acting performances are brilliant, with an exceptional lead performance by Daniel Radcliffe as he pulls off his best performance to date. I also have to give props to the young and talented actors Juno Temple and Max Minghella, who each embodied their respective character flawlessly. This movie is entertaining, funny and scary all at the same time. Horns is quite like nothing I have ever seen before. The screenplay and dialogue feel refreshing and inventive. Visually the movie appeals a lot and the directing by Alexandre Aja (Mirrors, Piranha 3D) is really solid. The make-up effects throughout the movie also look amazing. I did feel that some scenes went on for too long.
Horns is also too much of a genre cocktail and can’t quite decide what it wants to be: horror, comedy, fantasy, drama or thriller? I also thought the movie didn’t exactly kicked off on a high note, but it definitely got better with each scene. The soundtrack is very fun to listen to. Horns has some great twists up its sleeve and the final act is an absolute blast. The movie offers plenty of style and substance and is a movie that is able to stand on its own. I highly recommend you to watch this fun flick for the cast and original concept alone. You can’t go wrong watching Horns, especially if you have a love for good horror and dark humor.
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On a brand new episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew will be discussing their favorite (and least favorite) Tales From the Crypt episodes as well as doing a mini review of Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood. The crypt begins tonight at 10PM central so don’t miss it!!